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Feb 24 2013 9:08PM
 
Police line up best for Pistorius case
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Gallo Images
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Luzuko Pongoma

The SAPS will select the best of their detectives from around the country to investigate the case of murder against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Sunday.

“We are going to get our best. If our best is in Cape Town, or anywhere, we will go for that,” she said.

She said the Pistorius case was very important and had to be given significant attention.

“At the end of the day there is a victim; that victim is not able to talk or represent themselves. The state has to make sure that those people are represented,” she said.

She said Gauteng provincial commissioner Mzwandile Petros would be consulted because the incident had taken place in Gauteng.

Phiyega said they would be ready for the trial when it started in June.

“We will be on time for that. We are working around the clock to ensure that our cherry-picked selection is perfect,” she said.

On criticism against the police at the bail hearing, Phiyega said she could not control people’s perceptions about the case because people formed their own opinions after listening in court.

She defended WO Hilton Botha, who had initially investigated the case and had testified at the bail hearing.

“Botha has a lot of experience, 22 years. The matter being investigated happened with him being at work and we will go and investigate. It has been to court. What we have to assess is if the tools of the trade were used well.”

She dismissed reports that police were leaking information about the case, questioning why people thought it was the police who were the source of the leaks.

“Remember those that are defending and others have access, why it is the police? If there are any leaks and there is any proof that police are leaking information I would love to have that so that I can use the information to look into my systems,” she said.

luzukop@thenewage.co.za

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